Mark and Mark files CoCs
DAGUPAN CITY –Former first district Rep. Mark Cojuangco, Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay and fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco filed their certificates of candidacy on Tuesday, October 13, for various positions in the 2016 elections.
Cojuangco is running for governor, Macanlalay for vice governor and Kimi for her third term as congresswoman. They are the official candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
Cojuangco said he and his team filed on the 13th day of the month, because he “considered it a lucky day.”
“I am 58 years old and five plus eight equals 13,” he said.
His father, former Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco, also signed almost all contracts for businesses on the 13th day of the month, he added.
He told reporters he was confident and happy about how his candidacy is turning out after going around the province to introduce himself.
Cojuangco is running against Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III, Macanlalay against Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim and Kimi against Governor Amado Espino Jr.
Kimi Cojuangco said he was not angry at Espino Jr. for running against her “although in the beginning I got a little bit hurt because I really defended him during the last elections.”
The Cojuangcos and Espinos used to be friends and political allies.
“But all is fair in love and war,” he said.
A reporter and columnist of this paper likewise filed his CoC as governor under the National Unity Party (NUP).
Virgilio Maganes, also a blocktimer of programs aired over dwPR and dwDW, said he was invited by National Unity Party to be its official candidate.
His running mate is Susan Costales, his town mate in Villasis. The other candidates for vice governor are Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim and Myrna Torralba.
Maganes said he the NUP officials said they wanted a candidate who comes from the ranks of the poor and who does not come from traditional political families.
“It was not my plan to join any political battle but I was convinced by NUP leaders to run after they explained what they expected of a gubernatorial candidate,” he said.
Sison Vice Mayor Bensaulozacheus Marinas also filed his certificate of candidacy as congressional candidate as official candidate of the NUP.
Two former congressmen of Pangasinan third district are challenging incumbent Representative Rosemary Arenas in the race for the seat.
Former Congressmen Eric Acuna and Generoso Tulagan filed their certificates of candidacy in the afternoon of Friday.
The Espino team filed their COCs on Tueday using Cona from the NUP but the party later witdrew its nominations for them. The team was able to get nominations from the Aksyon Demokratiko, an almost inactive party.
In the first district, a three-time loser in Bolinao mayoralty race, Paul Tucay, filed CoC against Rep. Jesus Celeste. Also in the race is former Alaminos City Administrator Wilmer Panabang.
In the second district, Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil is unopposed.
In the fourth district, three unknown personalities will run against Rep. Gina de Venecia – Mario Operana, a retired master sergeant from Dagupan; and Ronaldo Ebreo, a businessman also from the city.
In the sixth district, Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas is being challenged by Rodolfo Custodio.
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